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Ok Cupid creates something like 30,000 first dates every day, and complaints about dangerous meetings are extremely rare.
I remember only a handful in my 12 years at the company.
The premise was simple: For a day, we removed all the profile pictures on the site.
Users howled — site traffic dropped more than 80 percent that day.
It’s very deliberate — after all, you’re looking for a partner through an interface — and that creates a safer environment. This premise is so well-worn that sites like Tinder, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel offer little information about users beyond a collection of pictures and a two-line profile.
But despite the occasional bad press, the numbers suggest that online dating is very safe.
Match.com, for example, now checks its users against the National Sex Offender Registry and deletes the profiles of anyone found on the list.
Online dating allows people to browse partners from their own homes.
It’s an all-too-common trope: Online dating has made casual sex easy but relationships hard.
One somewhat hysterical Vanity Fair article recently claimed that sites like Tinder have brought on a “dating apocalypse,” with young men and women meeting online, getting together for sex, then never talking again.They’ve “given rise to a pick-and-choose shopping behavior that prioritizes looks more than ever before.” In reality, how someone looks in a couple of pictures is no indicator of whether you’ll be attracted to them.That point was driven home for me during a small publicity stunt Ok Cupid ran to promote a blind dating app; we called it Love Is Blind Day.And while it’s true that being older and single means you face a “thin” romantic market, both on the Web and off, the sheer scale of online dating mitigates this.